- Tory MPs Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen defect to Independent Group over Brexit
- Asa Bennett: Tory quitters have proved Independent Group is a Remainer revolt
- Rob Wilson: Most Tories will not miss these three MPs who thought they were bigger than the party
- Lib Dems to work with new group amid fears their MPs could be next to quit
- Janet Daley: Breakaway Remainer sect bigger problem for Labour than Tories
- PM could hold meaningful vote next week to avoid ministerial resignations
- Data analysis: Farage’s Brexit Party has more obvious slot in UK politics than the Independent Group
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Tory defectors have pledged to destroy the Conservative Party after quitting to join a new breakaway group demanding a second referendum.
Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston, yesterday became the first Tory MPs to resign and join the Independent Group as they accused the Prime Minister of a “dismal failure” to stand up to Tory Eurosceptics.
They joined an eight-strong group of former Labour MPs who have formed the new movement which is campaigning for Britain to keep Britain in the EU.
Their departure from the Conservatives prompted David Cameron, the former Conservative leader, to issue a stark warning over the future of the party as he suggested it is at risk of splitting over Brexit.
The Tory defectors, who were described by Ms Allen as the “three amigos”, said that a “significant number” of their colleagues are now prepared to quit and join the new movement.
Ms Allen suggested that Justine Greening, the former Education Secretary, and Philip Lee, the former justice minister, would “probably” follow her in joining the new centrist movement.
Ms Allen, asked if she could ever go back to the Conservatives, said: “I can’t imagine it, I just can’t. Not least because if we do our jobs right here won’t be a Tory Party to go back to.
“We are about creating something better that is bang smack in the centre ground of British politics, that people out there I am convinced, we are convinced, want. This is about the future, this is not about going back.”
Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, became the first Cabinet minister to reach out to the defectors, describing their departure as a “great shame” and pledging to work with them to stop a no-deal Brexit.
Ms Rudd last week warned Theresa May that more than 20 ministers could quit the party so they could support a backbench bid to force the Prime Minister to extend Article 50.
It came as Mrs May last night held discussions with Jean Claude-Juncker, the President of the European Commission, in an attempt to secure a breakthrough on the Irish backstop.
They discussed plans for an “appropriate legal assurance”. The Daily Telegraph understands Geoffrey Cox, the Attorney General, is drawing up plans for a unilateral exit mechanism with a 12 month notice period.
In just three days the Independent Group has won the support of 11 MPs, more than the DUP and the same number as the Liberal Democrats. Another six Labour MPs are also considering the join movement.
The three Conservatives announced their resignation less than an hour before Prime Minister’s Questions in an announcement timed to cause maximum embarrassment to Mrs May.
In a statement they claimed that Brexit had “re-defined” the Conservative Party and undone previous efforts to modernise it, describing the Prime Minister’s efforts to do so as “disastrous”.
The three Tory MPs joined their new colleagues in the Independent Group during Prime Minister’s Questions, where their defection was not even mentioned as both leaders appeared to attempt to avoid the issue.
Within half an hour of PMQs ending they held a joint press conference. Ms Souubry said that the “truth is the battle is over and the other side has won”.
She added: “The right wing, the hardline anti-EU ‘awkward squad’ that have destroyed every leader for the last 40 years are now running the Conservative Party from top to toe. They are the Conservative Party.”
Dr Wollaston said: “I am afraid the Prime Minister simply hasn’t delivered on the pledge she made on the steps of Downing Street to tackle the burning injustices in our society. I think that what we now see is the party, that was once the most trusted on the economy and business, is now marching us to the cliff-edge of a no-deal Brexit.”
Mr Cameron, in one of his few interventions since resigning as Prime Minister, said that he was “sad that three talented Tory MPs have left the party”.
He said: “I respect their decision, but disagree with them: we need strong voices at every level of the party calling for the modern, compassionate Conservatism that saw the Conservative Party return to office.”
There were early signs of divisions among the group after Ms Soubry said that the Coalition “did a marvellous job” and that cuts under George Osborne, the former Chancellor, were “absolutely necessary at the time – I don’t have a problem with that.”
Many of the Labour defectors were prominent members of Ed Miliband’s shadow ministerial team and had argued strongly against the same policies.
The three newest members of the new bloc said they would support the Government on some issues such as strengthening the economy and security but were clear that they were prepared to oppose it on Brexit.
They said: “The country deserves better. We believe there is a failure of politics in general, not just in the Conservative Party but in both main parties as they move to the fringes, leaving millions of people with no representation. Our politics needs urgent and radical reform and we are determined to play our part.”
The Prime Minister said she was “saddened by this decision”. She said: “I am determined that under my leadership the Conservative Party will always offer the decent, moderate and patriotic politics that the people of this country deserve.”
Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker issue joint statement after meeting in Brussels
Downing Street has just issued a statement following the meeting between the Prime Minister and the president of the European Commission.
The short summary is that while there is no Brexit breakthrough as yet, the talks sound like they were positive.
Here’s the statement in full:
Prime Minister May and President Juncker met today to take stock of their efforts to deliver the UK’s orderly withdrawal from the EU, in line with the process launched by them on 7 February.
Their discussions covered:
- which guarantees could be given with regard to the backstop that underline once again its temporary nature and give the appropriate legal assurance to both sides. Both reconfirmed their commitment to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland and to respect the integrity of the EU’s internal market and of the United Kingdom. The Prime Minister acknowledged the EU’s position and notably the letter sent by President Tusk and President Juncker on 14 January. She welcomed the continued engagement of Task Force 50 with her team;
- the role alternative arrangements could play in replacing the backstop in future, where they tasked the Commission’s Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier and Secretary of State Stephen Barclay with considering the process the European Commission and the UK will follow; and
- whether additions or changes to the Political Declaration can be made that are consistent with the EU and UK Government positions and increase confidence in the focus and ambition of both sides in delivering the future partnership envisaged as soon as possible. The Commission’s Chief Negotiator and the Secretary of State will follow up.
The two leaders agreed that talks had been constructive, and they urged their respective teams to continue to explore the options in a positive spirit. They will review progress again in the coming days, seized of the tight timescale and the historic significance of setting the EU and the UK on a path to a deep and unique future partnership.
President Juncker and Prime Minister May agreed to talk again before the end of the month.
Defence Minister compares ERG to Tea Party movement
Tobias Ellwood said he was concerned the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tories had become a bloc within the Conservative Party similar to the right-wing Tea Party movement in the US Republican Party.
Mr Elllwood told BBC Radio 4’s PM: “I’m stepping forward to defend the centre-right of my party, a party which does need to recognise the seriousness of what is happening at the moment.”
The resignation of three Conservative MPs raised questions about “how the very soul of our party is owned”, said Mr Ellwood.
“If we have any ambitions of winning support beyond our base, we must remain a centre-right, inclusive, vibrant and progressive party,” he said.
He added: “I’m here to say that the Conservative Party very much needs to be progressive and there is absolutely a majority of us that do not want to see this party lurch to the right and want to be able to continue representing a united Britain.”
Mr Ellwood warned: “The ERG … is actually acting as a bloc, taking advantage of the parliamentary mathematics that we now face. They are acting as a corpus.
“We’ve never had a case in my time where we’ve had almost a Tea Party-esque capability there of being able to alter or affect the direction of travel in the way that we are seeing with the ERG. We are now seeing the consequences of this.”
Derek Hatton suspended from the Labour Party
Derek Hatton has been suspended from the Labour Party following a shadow cabinet backlash just two days after he was readmitted.
The Militant leader who was kicked out of the party 33 years ago was formally let back into Labour on Monday.
But he was suspended as Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, told the House of Commons he had submitted a “formal complaint” against Mr Hatton to Labour officials.
Mr Gardiner said it was a “travesty” that Mr Hatton had been readmitted and “appalling” that the news had emerged on the same day seven Labour MPs quit the party.
Juncker cuts it fine with May gag
Jean-Claude Juncker has been speaking to hacks before meeting Theresa May about how he has “no expectation of a breakthrough”. The European Commission president could not escape the plaster on his face, so confirmed it was a shaving injury, rather than something dealt by the Prime Minister.
And he is so taken by his cut that he showed it to Mrs May.
Brexit minister scoffs at ‘excitable’ TIG hype
Brexit minister Martin Callanan has hit out at the “excitable” speculation about the Independence Group’s prospects. “ Fact that they think that shows how little they understand UK politics,” the Tory peer wrote.
On my way back from Brussels where some excitable types think TIG is a new UK En Marche! Fact that they think that shows how little they understand UK politics.
— Martin Callanan (@MartinCallanan) February 20, 2019
Chopper Special: What do the latest TIG defections mean?
Given the drama around today’s latest TIG recruits, Asa has been speaking to fellow Telegraphers Daniel Capurro and Madeiline Grant for their analysis in a special edition of Chopper’s Brexit Podcast.
🚨 Bonus episode klaxon! 🚨@Telegraph Brexit Commissioning Editor @asabenn sits down with @CapurrodDaniel & @Madz_Grant to discuss the new Independent Group: who are they, what do they want and will the ‘TIGgers’ grow in number?https://t.co/QDV0YNvBBi pic.twitter.com/UTveYeowdz
— Chopper’s Brexit Podcast (@brexitbroadcast) February 20, 2019
Labour smells TIG data theft question
Labour has blocked MPs and party staff from accessing its voting and membership databases after it believed that one of the MPs who defected to TIG might have tried to harvest details.
Labour source says TIG is “a shambles… they’re refusing to report who their donors are and now there might be evidence of data theft. They embody everything that’s broken in the politics of the past” 🔥
— John Stevens (@johnestevens) February 20, 2019
CCHQ: Steve Woolfe cannot stand against Soubry as a Conservative
Former Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe has claimed he will stand against Anna Soubry as a Conservative, but his claim has been swiftly shot down by Tory headquarters, which pointed out his membership application was rejected.
TIG’s anti-Corbyn policy platform coming together
Former Labour Chris Leslie has told the New Statesman that the TIG opposes a 50 per cent top rate of tax and won’t abolish tuition fees. Both of those policies are key planks of Jeremy Corbyn’s agenda
Heidi Allen rejects calls to face by-election
Heidi Allen rejected calls for the defecting MPs to step down and contest by-elections.
“This is what the big parties do,” she said. ”They want to crush the birth of democracy. They want to crush people like us trying to change things for this country.
“This is the game, of course, they will play but we are better than that, and we think our constituents and the country deserve better than that.”
Amber Rudd says she will keep working with the breakaway MPs on Brexit
Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary and leading Remain voice in the Cabinet, said she looks forward to “continuing to work” with the MPs who have quit the Conservative party today, including on Brexit.
Anna Soubry: I ‘don’t have a problem’ with austerity
Questions are being raised about which policies the new Independent Group of MPs could offer, and where they would stand ideologically.
During the press conference, Anna Soubry was asked if she supported the Tories’ 2010 policy of austerity. She defended the record of the coalition government in which she served, including the “necessary” austerity measures taken by chancellor George Osborne.
“I think the things we did to the economy were absolutely necessary at the time, I don’t have a problem with that,” she said.
She acknowledged some local authorities were now struggling as a result of cuts.
It has led commentators to question what sort of policies would unite the new group of 11 MPs.
‘PM did not try and persuade us to stay’
The ‘three amigos’ are asked whether anyone senior in the Conservative Party attempted to persuade them to stay.
Anna Soubry says no one did, whilst Sarah Wollaston said she received many messages from members urging them to stay.
Heidi Allen says there was no contact from either Downing Street or the Whips Office, although an unnamed Cabinet minister attempted to change her mind last night.
Anna Soubry: Tory entryists are a new ‘form of tyranny’
In an emotional statement, the former minister says it is clear that the “battle” for control of the Conservative Party has been lost to the European Research Group.
Evidence of this, she said, was on show last month, when Mrs May promised to reach out to build a “consensus” after her withdrawal agreement was rejected but instead invited the ERG into Downing Street first.
The same ERG, she added, which had called a vote of no confidence in her just weeks beforehand, whilst moderate, loyal Tory MPs were sidelined and shut out.
Anna Soubry invites fellow one-nation Conservatives to ‘come and join us’
— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) February 20, 2019
She claims that the party is now in the grip of a “purple momentum” or “BLUKIP”, with local associations now being “infiltrated by entryists trying to remove rebel MPs.
She claims prominent backbenchers such as Nick Boles are being “hounded and pilloried” – his “only offence is to support the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement”.
In a rallying call, she urges her former coalition partners in the Lib Dems to join the group, as well as activists and members of the two “broken main parties”.
Sarah Wollaston: Conservatives no longer the party I joined
The Health Committee chair attacks the Prime Minister, claiming she had failed to deliver on her pledge to tackle the burning injustices in society.
She adds that Mrs May is “marching” the UK towards the cliff edge of Brexit. By joining the Independent Group, Ms Wollaston says they hope they can fix Britain’s “broken politics”.
Ex-Tory MPs brand themselves the ‘three amigos’
Heidi Allen, one of the three Conservative MPs who resigned the whip this afternoon, has said she was “tired of feeling numb” and therefore decided to quit.
The member for South Cambridgeshire says she felt a “sense of liberation” when she quit, adding that she hasn’t felt the same rush of excitement since she was first elected.
Hitting out at her party’s handling of Brexit, she says that both main parties have “failed to grab the magnitude of the challenge”, adding that her and colleagues were no longer prepared to stand “idly by…voting like sheep”.
Heidi Allen using her speech to attack the Government’s record on welfare.
— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) February 20, 2019
She says on Monday the Independent Group was born with the “Magnificent Seven”, on Tuesday they were joined by the “Lone Ranger”, and today their number has increased to eleven with the addition of the “three amigos”.
Corbyn withdraws the olive branch
Jeremy Corbyn’s official spokesman has claimed the new Independence Group of MPs is an “establishment coalition” based around the “failed politics of the past”.
He claimed the group endorsed tax cuts, austerity and privatisation at its launch – none of which were mentioned at the event.
“From what I saw they were clearly identifying with a set of policies that are clearly policies of the past. Direction has changed under Jeremy. We have a different approach which has mass appeal. We will continue to pursue that approach.”
Jess Phillips: hard to disagree with breakaway MPs
Jess Phillips, the Labour MP, said she finds it hard to disagree with what her defector colleagues are saying.
Her comments are being interpreted as an indication there could be further defections.
Jess Phillips on Sky right now. Extraordinary interview. “I was born Labour and I felt like I’d die Labour but when I listen to my colleagues [Berger, Umunna etc] speaking I find it very hard to disagree with a lot of what they were saying.”
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) February 20, 2019
Chuka Umunna says PMQs ‘awful’
The 11 defector MPs did not stand up during Prime Minister’s Questions – and their breakaway group went almost unmentioned throughout.
Instead, Chuka Umunna tweeted that PMQs are “awful” and need to be replaced.
Meanwhile Ian Blackford, the Westminster leader of the SNP, said Westminster was “broken” as he asked when the Commons would get to vote on the Brexit deal.
“Westminster is broken, we are in the middle of a constitutional crisis, on the brink of a Brexit disaster and yet this place is at war with itself,” he said.
“The Tories and the Labour Party are imploding. Scotland deserves better, we need a way out. Time is running out, will this House get to vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal next week and if not when?”
Mrs May replied: “We’ve listened to the House of Commons, we’re working on the views of the House of Commons with the EU and we’ll bring a vote back when it’s the right time to do so.”
PMQs: Corbyn criticises May’s negotiating tactics
Jeremy Corbyn criticised Theresa May over her Brexit negotiating tactics.
Referring to comments made by Oliver Robbins, the chief Brexit negotiator, last week, the Labour leader said “an EU official said the UK Government was only pretending to negotiate and there was nothing on the table from the British side”.
“So with just 37 days to go, can the Prime Minister be clear, what will she actually be proposing today when she travels to Brussels?”
Mrs May resplied: “The issue that I’m taking to Brussels is the one that I’ve been talking to EU leaders about over the last few days and that is the concern that was expressed in this House of ensuring that we could not find ourselves in the current backstop indefinitely.”
She said there were a “number of ways” being discussed to make the changes to the Brexit deal, with talks due to continue ahead of another vote in Parliament later this month.
PMQs: ‘Attlee and Bevan spinning in their graves’
Theresa May says: ‘Attlee and Bevan would be spinning in their graves at what [Corbyn] has done to a once-proud party. We will not let him do it to this country.”
PMQs: May condemns Labour anti-Semitism
Addressing the reasons Luciana Berger left her party on Monday, Theresa May said: “I never thought I would see the day Labour party would be accused of institutional anti-Semitism by a former member of that party.”
Jeremy Corbyn repsonded: “Anti-Semitism has no place whatsoever in our society or any of our political parties.”
Tories join Labour on Independent Group benches
Sarah Wollaston, Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry have joined the eight ex-Labour MPs on the Independent Group benches in the Commons.
Three Tory MPs quit the party over Brexit
They wrote to Theresa May to say: “We no longer feel we can remain in the Party of a Government whose policies and priorities are so firmly in the grip of the ERG and DUP.
“Brexit has re-defined the Conservative Party – undoing all the efforts to modernise it. There has been a dismal failure to stand up to the hard line ERG which operates openly as a party within a party, with its own leader, whip and policy.”
Here is their letter:
Tory peer Eric Pickles responded saying the three resignations are “expected, sad, and ultimately a big mistake for the individuals.”
Labour councillor jumps to Tories
Delighted to welcome former Labour Cllr Anne Meadows to @Conservatives. Anne has been a dedicated councillor in Brighton & Hove since 1994 but has been driven out by the disgraceful anti-Jewish racism that runs through Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Enough is enough @jeremycorbyn. pic.twitter.com/18MorkfGX5
— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonLewis) February 20, 2019
Tom Watson: I felt ‘shame’ that Luciana Berger had to leave
Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, said: “I felt shame when Luciana Berger had to leave. She was driven out by racist bullies. And that was completely unacceptable.”
Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Watson said: “There are aspects of [the party] I don’t recognise any more. the harshness, the brutality, the bullying. there are some new members, a tiny number, that I think are harsh an bullying.”
He adds he will “stay and fight my corner” in Labour. Says it’s “infuriating” that a longstanding member who quit felt the need to leave.
Robert Halfon: Planning to vote for May’s deal second time round to avoid no deal
Tom Watson: ‘crisis in both political parties’
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson is taking a break from Westminster to present a call-in show on LBC radio.
His first callers are the Tory MP Robert Halfon and Labor MP Lucy Powell, who discuss their proposal for a Norway-style Brexit, Common Market 2.0.
Ken Clarke: Tories ‘very fed up’
Veteran Tory MP Ken Clarke said some of his colleagues were “getting very fed up”, amid speculation a number could resign today to join the Independent Group.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme , he said: “There are some, I think – not including me – who probably are contemplating leaving if the party moves too far to the right and no longer represents what they regard as the mainstream Conservative views they have held for all the previous years.”
Jeremy Hunt: Changing legal advice is key
The Foreign Secretary said in a speech on Wednesday that having a Brexit deal which changes the Attorney General’s legal advice over the backstop is the key to unlocking support for Theresa May’s plan in Parliament.
Joan Ryan: ‘I can no longer ask people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister’
The Labour MP who became the eighth to quit the party this week said: “I can no longer ask people to vote for Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister, I don’t think he is fit to be Prime Minister.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Ryan said Labour has been consumed by its anti-Semitism crisis, which prevents it from being able to “take the fight to the Tories.”
Ms Ryan said Mr Corbyn is “aiding and abetting a hard Brexit.”
Asked if she should face a by-election, she said: “I didn’t win my seat on his coat-tails, I won it despite of him.
Ms Ryan called for other colleagues to join the Independent Group.
“I hope it will appeal to all MPs on both sides of the House who are very, very unhappy,” she said.
The Tory peer Eric Pickles spoke in her support and said Labour “cannot afford to lose someone like Joan Ryan”.
All eyes on the Independent Group in the Commons
Another testing day ahead for Theresa May. The Prime Minister will be in the Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions at midday. All eyes will be on the eight-strong Independent Group of MPs, who will be sitting together, separate from Labour, for the first time.
Speculation continues to mount that two or three Conservative MPs could resign today to join the new group. Some reports are calling it “Blue Wednesday” and expect Tories to make the jump just before the Prime Minister stands up in the House, for maximum impact.
Mrs May will then travel to Brussels to meet Jean-Claude Juncker amid expectation some changes to her deal could be agreed this weekend.
Data analysis: Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has a more obvious slot in UK politics than the Independent Group
The one fairly large assumption that was made by the seven MPs who resigned the Labour whip on Monday was that the British electorate were in need of a new, centrist political party, Patrick Scott writes.
On multiple occasions during their launch event, members of the Independent Group referred to the apparent phenomenon of political homelessness that is being felt by traditional Conservative voters as well as traditional Labour voters.
Six out of ten people surveyed by Opinium last week said that they would “consider” voting for a new centre-ground party at the next general election.
However, those most enthusiastic in stating this were actually Lib Dem voters (86 per cent) and UKIP voters (73 per cent). Hardly an encouraging sign for Mr Umunna and co.
The extent to which there is actually room for a new party in ideological terms is far less clear today than it was in 1983 when four MPs split from Labour to form the SDP. In fact, analysis of data from the Manifesto Project shows that the Conservative Party are very much occupying the slot on the political spectrum left by the demise of New Labour.
Joan Ryan becomes eighth Labour MP to quit
Harry Yorke reports:
An eighth Labour MP has quit the Labour Party to join a breakaway group after accusing Jeremy Corbyn of presiding over a “culture of anti-Semitism”.
Joan Ryan said under Mr Corbyn’s leadership Labour had become a party that “allows racism to flourish” alongside a “hatred of Israel” and she would be joining the Independent Group.
She said that she felt she had a “duty” to resign after seven Labour MPs quit the party on Monday including Luciana Berger, who said that under Mr Corbyn anti-Semitism had become “institutional”.
She said that Mr Corbyn, the Labour leader, had introduced anti-Semitism to the party and was a “danger”.
Ms Ryan told The Times: “It’s obviously not a delight, it’s painful. But it is a duty. I wasn’t elected as a Labour MP to watch this happen, and I have no choice but to stand up to it. For me this is a moral issue.”
She said that she found it “hard to say” that Mr Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. “I don’t want to say what’s in somebody’s heart,” she said.
“But I’ve long said if he wanted to prove he wasn’t then his actions could have done that for him, and he hasn’t done that.”
“And I’m surprised that he wonders when people think he is. But I think the bigger point is that he’s allowed the Labour Party to become institutionally anti-Semitic, and he has a direct responsibility as leader of this party.”
Tory former minister Baroness Altmann says she is prepared to join Independent Group over Brexit
Anna Mikhailova reports:
A Tory peer and former minister has become the first to say publicly that she is prepared to join the new Independent Group over Brexit.
Baroness Altmann, the former pensions minister, told the Telegraph she is “disillusioned with the Ukip-isation of the Tory party” and would join a moderate splinter party if a no-deal Brexit became the likely outcome.
She warned about the risks of a no deal Brexit to the British economy and said her party is being “infiltrated by Ukip”.
“I want to cry, I want to weep at what we are doing,” she said.
“If a group of like-minded Conservatives give up on the Conservative Party because it is intent on taking the UK out of the EU without a deal, then I would consider supporting them.”
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